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'Gate Held To No Score Draw
Margate were held to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night away at Leatherhead as they missed out on the chance to close the gap on the Isthmian Premier Division play-offs.
Manager Jay Saunders freshened up his side by bringing in Vance Bola and giving a first full debut to on-loan Gillingham striker Joe Gbode.
With Leatherhead fighting for their survival this was always going to be a tough fixture for the ‘Gate, but they started the opening 30 minutes with real intent as they went in search of the opening goal as Montel Agyemang and Benas Vaivada looked to cause the hosts trouble early on.
Bola found some space on the right hand side of the Leatherhead box shortly after but his well hit shot was comfortably saved by Leatherheads on-loan Brighton goalkeeper Adam Desbois.
The Blues felt they should have been awarded a penalty soon after as Gbode broke through on goal and seemed to be clipped as he pulled the trigger but despite the strong appeals from the ‘Gate players. the referee waved play on. It only looked like Margate would open the scoring as Gbode saw another effort well blocked before a Ben Greenhalgh cross landed at the feet of Lewis Knight who saw his volley go narrowly wide.
The second half started with further controversy as just seven minutes in Ben Bridle-Card saved well before a follow up shot was blocked by a ‘Gate defender, however the hosts were incensed that no penalty was not awarded as they felt it was blocked by a hand, however the game continued with no penalty awarded.
The hosts were starting to grow into the game as former ‘Gate players Jake Embery and Archie Burnett saw chances come and go as the score line remained 0-0 heading into the final fifteen minutes.
Margate freshened things up again as they introduced Harrison Hatfull to the game and it almost worked wonders as Vaivada threaded through a ball to the sub who pounced onto it but saw his effort well saved by Debois in the home sides goal with just nine minutes of the game remaining.
A last gasp half chance fell the way of James Bessey-Saldanha but there was to be no heroics like Saturday as the travelling Blues fans had to settle for a point and travel back to Kent still seven points off the play-off places.
MARGATE: Bridle-Card, Lema, Anderson, Agyemang Knight, Swift, Vaivada, Blackman (Hatfull 80’), Gbode, Bola (Bessey-Saldanha 74’), Greenhalgh
Subs Not Used: Lamb, Kallmeier, Rutherford
Margate Man of the Match
Tuesday, 08 February 2022
By MFC Media